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SCO Honors Norma K. Bowyer with Lifetime Achievement Award

Southern College of Optometry recently awarded its lifetime achievement award to Norma K. Bowyer, O.D., a 1977 SCO graduate. Bowyer received the award during the college’s Fall Homecoming and Continuing Education Weekend. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Armed Forces Optometric Society. She has received a number of awards and honors, including the American Optometric Foundation’s Ezell Fellowship and American Optometric Association’s (AOA’s) Keyperson of the Year Award. In 2013, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Public Health Association’s Vision Care Section. 

"I am honored and humbled to receive the 2018 Southern College of Optometry Lifetime Achievement Award,” Bowyer said. 

Bowyer has served as director of off-campus clinical programs at Southern California College of Optometry and was a practicum coordinator for the Masters of Public Health program that she helped shepherd through to accreditation at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. She was also instrumental in supporting vision and eye health care-related initiatives in the nation’s Healthy People program coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She continues to consult and work on plans for Health People 2020. She was also recently re-elected as a Governing Councilor for the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association as well.

Bowyer serves on a number of state and national boards, advisory panels, and is active in the National Rural Health Association. As an American Optometric Association Keyperson, Dr. Bowyer joined Dr. Glen Steele from SCO’s faculty in helping secure Congressional support for the InfantSEE program. That support marked the first direct funding ever from Congress for optometry.

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 10/17/18

SCO Alumnus Releases New Motion Picture “Indivisible”

David Evans, OD, ’94 has a new venture under his belt. The owner and President of Total Eye Care, PA in Memphis, TN is also a stage producer, film director and owner of his production company, Graceworks Pictures, LLC. His second feature film, Indivisible, will open nationwide October 26. 
The faith-based film is based on a captivating true story about Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather and how they prepare to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country. 

“I was very intrigued by the role that chaplains play in the military. Chaplains are like the pastors to the troops,” said Dr. Evans. “Indivisible highlights and increase the awareness of challenges faced in marriages in the times of deployment and the role that chaplains play in the military.” 

Indivisible took 6 years to be developed. It was filmed in Memphis during the entire month of May 2017 in Memphis followed by two weeks of filming in Santa Clarita, CA. It also stars Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Justin Bruening (Grey’s Anatomy), Jason George (Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy), Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister, The Game) and Madeline Carroll (I Can Only Imagine).

The film received assistance from the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission in providing local resources and assisting the production team with crew and locations. Dr. Evans also worked with the TN Entertainment Commission to obtain approval for the production incentive offered by the state.
More than 250 volunteers from the Memphis area worked on the project alongside many professional crew members from Shelby County and throughout the state. Indivisible has also already received numerous endorsements from distinguished members of the faith-based community.

Dr. Evans grew up making home movies and short films with his brother. He always loved watching movies and thought that the idea of making movies was incredible. After graduating from SCO in 1994, Dr. Evans wrote, produced, and directed an annual, original Passion Play at Calvary Church with a cast and crew topping 250.

After seeing the movie Fireproof seven years ago, Dr. Evans was inspired to produce and directed the feature film The Grace Card starring Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. Shot entirely in Memphis, the film opened in theaters February 2011and has been distributed in over 400 theaters throughout the country. 

Fireproof let me know that a church can make a box office film,” said Dr. Evans. 

It’s evident that optometry and filmmaking are Dr. Evans’ biggest passions. 

“As being an optometrist for over 20 years, I love taking care of patients and impacting the lives of people that will have a great impact on families,” said Dr. Evans. 

At Total Eye Care, Dr. Evans has a dependable staff and doctors that work alongside him and that are focused on providing the best eye care and understand his passion for filmmaking. “Our three ODs and three MDs are able to sustain our clinic and research trials and practice while I’m away,” said Dr. Evans. “Our patients are our # 1 fans when comes to the films and we promote the film in the office.”

“I’m ready to focus on eyecare now, and I’m praying about the next steps and waiting to see what God wants us to do next,” said Dr. Evans.
Indivisible will open nationwide on October 26th and there will also be a screening Thursday, October 25 at 6:45 PM at Malco Paradiso, located at 584 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117. The screening is open to the SCO community for people at SCO and admission is $11.50. Please call 901.761.4620 to purchase your tickets.

For more information about Indivisible, visit

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 10/16/18

Alumni Honored at AOA Meeting in Denver

SCO alumni were among those in the spotlight at last month's American Optometric Association's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. 

Billy Cochran, OD '68, received special recognition with the 2018 ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Pictured L-R celebrating the occasion were Kristin Anderson, OD, Bart Campbell, OD '87, Dave Damari, OD, Lewis Reich, OD, PhD, Dr. Cochran, Carolyn Cochran, Steven Reed, OD '95, Sandra Stephens, Marty Regan, and Lisa Wade, OD '84. 


In addition to Dr. Cochran's recognition, the following alumni received these honors at the AOA meeting:

  • David Cockrell, OD '81, was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame.
  • Matt Jones, OD '09, was named the AOA's Young OD of the Year.
  • Bart Campbell, OD '87, Vice President for Academic Affairs, was recognized for completing eight years of service leading the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. 


Bart Campbell, OD '87, pictured with his President's Award for Distinguished Service to Optometry.


Congratulations to all of our alumni on their awards and special recognition at last month's AOA meeting! 

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 7/26/18

Dr. Nicole Patterson Named Assistant Dean of NSU College of Optometry

Nicole Patterson, O.D., '02, M.S., FAAO was recently appointed as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions of NSU’s College of Optometry. She will assume the role in July.
Currently, she is the Director of Educational Effectiveness and Outcomes Assessment.  She also serves as Chief of Low Vision Rehabilitation and Geriatrics at the college’s clinical branch, The Eye Care Institute and associate professor of the college where she has served as a faculty member since 2005. She has received numerous accolades including Low Vision Preceptor of the Year Award, President’s Distinguished Professor Award–Excellence in Optometry, and Dean’s Recognition for Significant Contribution.
Patterson earned her Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis, TN in 2002 and went on to complete a low vision rehabilitation residency at the College. She joined SCO's faculty in 2003 as a clinical instructor focusing on low vision rehabilitation, pediatrics and vision therapy services. In 2004, she was appointed SCO's Coordinator of Community Outreach.
While on the faculty at NSU in 2008, Patterson became an adjunct faculty member for Florida State University where she taught courses in the Master in Visual Disabilities program until 2014. She completed a Master of Science in Medical Education degree at NSU in 2013.
Patterson, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of low vision, classroom-learning strategies for children with vision loss, and student engagement in professional education. She has presented posters in the area of low vision and has clinical research interests in the areas of pediatric vision loss, and student success in professional education.
Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 6/14/18

Kendall Krug, OD, '85, Named 2018 Optometrist of the Year

Kendall Krug, OD, '85, was recognized as the 2018 Optometrist of the Year by the Kansas Optometric Association (KOA) during their Annual Convention and Seminar in Wichita, Kansas. This is the highest award an optometrist can receive from the KOA and is in recognition of personal sacrifices to advance the profession and the welfare of the public.  


A 1985 graduate of Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Krug was recognized for his work with the Kansas Optometric Association, including his service through the organization’s Low Vision and Third Party committees, as well as his contributions as a lecturer on low vision and other topics around the country.

Dr. Krug has also played a key role in the KanLoveKids Program. Through this program, which is coordinated through the Kansas Lions Club and Lions Club International Foundation, Dr. Krug provides low vision services to children in their communities.  Dr. Krug was recognized through his contributions to this program with the Claude DeVorss Fellowship, a humanitarian service award presented by the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation.  

Dr. Krug is currently part of a task force working to update the school screening standards in the state and is active in educating policymakers about vision care issues affecting patients across Kansas. 

Previously, Dr. Krug was recognized by the Kansas Optometric Association with the Distinguished Service and Legislative Service awards.

Currently, Dr. Krug practices in Hays, Kansas.

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 6/6/18